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THE GREEN HELL Main Slide

24H NÜRBURGRING NORDSCHLEIFE

THE GREEN HELL

THE GREEN HELL Main Slide

24H NÜRBURGRING NORDSCHLEIFE

THE GREEN HELL

THE GREEN HELL Main Slide

24H NÜRBURGRING NORDSCHLEIFE

THE GREEN HELL

24H NÜRBURGRING NORDSCHLEIFE

COME TO WIN

The ultimate race-race on the longest race track in the world, and with one of the biggest and most diverse starting fields of the year.

The 24 Hours Nürburgring is one of the toughest and most tradition-steeped endurance race in the world, held on the legendary Nordschleife. octane126 has taken on the challenge of becoming the first Ferrari team ever to win this race. A potential premiere for the Prancing Horse.

COME TO WIN

GREEN HELL

THE TRACK

Once "the green hell" and back. Formula 1 World Champion Jackie Stewart spoke reverently of "the green hell" and gave the Nürburgring its nickname.

The circuit in the Eifel region hosted Formula 1 for the German Grand Prix until 1976. It was a final race with great drama: Niki Lauda's fire accident in the Bergwerk-section-one of the high-speed passages of the circuit. An uphill and downhill run with a length of 20.832 kilometers, 78 curves according to official counting, almost 300 meters of altitude and gradients of up to 18%. Built in the 1920s, "the Ring" is considered the toughest and also the longest permanent racetrack in the world.

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THE TRACK
THE RACE

24H

THE RACE

150 starters and no end of erratic weather conditions: Although the race is usually held in late May/early June, the weather in the Eifel is always a crucial factor.

Brilliant sunshine and heat, thick fog, heavy rainfall, hail-racing conditions can often vary by the hour. Interruptions are just as much a part of this 24H race as accidents on a rain-drenched track-potentially snatching away an apparently sure victory on the last lap. The starter field consists of 150 vehicles, with up to four drivers per car alternating in stints of up to three hours at a time. The regulations result in a wide performance spread from touring cars to the GT3 cars competing for overall victory.

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FERRARI IN THE LEAD

THE CHALLENGE

One name is missing from the winners' lists of the 24H race: Ferrari.

With the exception of three races, the battle for overall victory has always been a German four-way fight for almost 50 years: Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, and BMW.

It is the only world-class race in which drivers from the Italian sports car manufacturer have never lifted the winner's trophy. That is set to change: After several years of intensive preparation work and vehicle development, octane126 will once again compete in the 24H race at the Nürburgring with the Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo next year.

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THE CHALLENGE
THE PROJECT

RE-ENGINEERING

THE PROJECT

Digital to a competitive race car. 2017 became the year of re-engineering, because the first experiences with the Nürburgring-Nordschleife were sobering for the team.

Due to changes in the regulations concerning ground clearance and rear wing, the Ferrari 488 GT3 still proved to be a car with a lot of optimization potential under racing conditions during its first appearance in the Eifel. The aerodynamics were out of balance due to the changes. In many sections of the track, the car lifted off the road, over a length of up to 70 meters. Quick improvements through aerodynamic parts? No success.

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488 GT3 EVO

THE CAR

Digital models become a race car, simulations and computational models become specifications that can serve as the basis for FIA homologation.

AThe plans convince the manufacturer: Ferrari and octane126 reach an agreement in 2018 for the implementation of the 488 GT3 Evo. The models from octane126 serve as a template for a modified body: Changes in the air ducting in the wheel arch area, plus adapted diffusers in the rear, bring significantly higher downforce at the front axle. Initial wind tunnel tests with a 60% model are underway.

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THE CAR
THE OBJECTIVE

WIN THE RACE

THE OBJECTIVE

2022: Another departure for the Nordschleife! Between March and October spread 9 exciting races in the "Green Hell", including 1 NLS double header, which will be combined into a 12-hour race.

The season starts on the last weekend of March 2022, with 3 NLS races taking place before the big 24H race in June. This will be followed by NLS4 and NLS5 before the big summer break. In September the double header will take place and in October the two final races will follow.

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